Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott
STATE OF ALASKA
I am pleased to share with you some Transboundary Waters updates. The first attachment is the first Transboundary Waters newsletter by the Province of British Columbia. British Columbia agreed to provide newsletters to Alaska in the Communication Plan that is part of the Statement of Cooperation. The second attachment is an update on Transboundary Mine Projects compiled by the Department of Natural Resources. The third attachment a copy of the letter that the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources sent to Chieftain Metals regarding their recent compliance review of the mine.
I recently traveled to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia to meet with new British Columbia leaders, Canadian federal government officials, First Nations, and the mining industry. The focus of the meetings was to meet leaders and officials and to continue conversations on common issues of concern between Alaska and British Columbia. The Alaska delegation included both state officials and Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska officials. Minister Mungall, the new Minister of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources reaffirmed the Memorandum of Understanding and the Statement of Cooperation (SOC). The general consensus of the officials in the meeting with Minister Mungall was that SOC implementation is working well.
The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) invite the public to comment on the potential environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects of the Red Mountain Underground Gold Project. The EIS / Application and more information are available on the Agency’s website at canada.ca/ceaa(Registry reference number 80093). Written comments must be submitted between November 14 and December 14, 2017 and additional instructions may be found at the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency website.
We continue to work with our Congressional Delegation in coordination of a trip to Ottawa where we plan to meet with Canadian federal officials to discuss our transboundary mining concerns.
Thank you for your continued interest in Transboundary Waters issues. My team and I continue to work toward solutions for the betterment of all Alaskans.